Manchester to Edinburgh

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Mon 22 Jan

08:31 12:22
£24
03:51 hrs

Mon 22 Jan

09:30 15:15
£19
05:45 hrs

Mon 22 Jan

20:45 21:55
£64
01:10 hrs

Tue 23 Jan

08:31 12:22
£24
03:51 hrs

Tue 23 Jan

09:30 15:15
£19
05:45 hrs

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How to Travel from Manchester to Edinburgh

Flying is the fastest method of travel between the two cities at just over an hour. Travelling by bus takes the longest amount of time at upwards of 5.5 hours. There are usually between one and three departure and arrival points.

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Manchester to Edinburgh Travel Comparison

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What is the best way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh?

Cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh


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The cheapest way from Manchester to Edinburgh is by bus. National Express operate services between the cities, departing from Manchester Coach Station and arriving at Edinburgh Bus Station on Elder Street. There are usually five departures per day, one at around 1:00 a.m., three between 8:00 a.m and 10:30 a.m. and one in the early afternoon. The journey takes between 5.5 hours and 8.5 hours, there are direct buses and those requiring one change available.


Fastest way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh


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Flights are the quickest way from Manchester to Edinburgh. Direct flights between the main airports in each city are available from Flybe. The flight takes just over an hour. During the week there are three flights, one each in the morning, afternoon and evening. At the weekend there are one or two flights in operation.



Most popular way to travel from Manchester to Edinburgh


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Trains are the most popular way to get from Manchester to Edinburgh. Services leave from three stations in Manchester, Oxford Road, Deansgate and Piccadilly and all arrive at Waverley Station in Edinburgh. All trains are either direct routes or have a change at one station. Trains are run by Transpennine Express, Virgin Trains and Cross Country Trains. There are around 10 trains per day, they depart at least once every hour from approximately 9:00 a.m. until early afternoon. The journey takes between three and four hours.


What companies travel from Manchester to Edinburgh

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

What's on board National Express buses?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on National Express buses?

    No, one child under 3 years old may travel for free when accompanied by a paying passenger 16+ years old. Any additional children under the age of 16 must purchase a child's ticket. Passengers under the age of 16 travelling on a child's ticket must be able to produce an official piece of identification bearing their photograph and date of birth.


    Check-in is required for international Eurolines buses travelling from London's Victoria Coach Station or Dover's Eurolines Travel Centre 1 hour before departure. No check-in is required for any other National Express bus routes; however, arriving at least 10 minutes before departure is strongly recommended.


    National Express offers Peak, Off-Peak, Child, and Restricted fares. National Express also offers special rates for groups (4-9 people) and passengers travelling to the airport.


    Economy single


    Ticket is valid for a single journey on any weekdays except Fridays and Sundays throughout the year or other standard fare days. Ticket must be booked at least one day in advance of travel. Prices may include partner's fee.


    On The Day Single


    Valid where ticket is purchased on the day of travel. Prices may include partner's fee.


    Standard single


    Travel is available on any day throughout the year. Tickets must be booked at least one day in advance of travel. Prices may include partner's fee.


What's on board Virgin Trains trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Virgin Trains trains?

    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on Virgin trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for Virgin trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on Virgin Trains trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What's on board First Transpennine Express trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on First Transpennine Express trains?

    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on First Transpennine Express trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for First Transpennine Express trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on First Transpennine Express trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


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